Harry Potter has inspired a generation. There is no doubt that it will be in pop culture, cemented like the sword in the stone, for years to come. Harry has touched a lot of peoples' lives and more importantly hearts. It might seem weird that now a bunch of 21 y/o's might walk around with lightning scar tattoos or the deathly hallows permanently inked onto their skin, but to me it just goes to show how profound an impact Harry has had. Everyone was rooting for the boy who lived. I don't get sentimental about many things at all, so for me to be known as 'the harry potter one' of my friends and family, is something. Harry Potter has wormed his way into my heart. Much like Harry's permanent lightning scar, these stories will always be a part of me. The characters, the world, the adventures it always felt like I was there experiencing it. I know as long as I have the Harry Potter books I can never truly be alone. Those characters feel like long-lost friends and again are an extension of my personality. Things I have picked up from my favourite characters are reflected in me. Much like Hermione for sticking up for what she believes in, or Harry for being a faithful friend and brave. Sirius for teaching us that you shouldn't pre-judge people and to Lupin for teaching me in particular to persevere and like Sirius, find the good in people. I get choked up just thinking about how much these characters mean to me. To non-readers it seems like a silly obsession, but as a reader don't we all leave bits of ourselves in our favourite books? Much like the horcruxes created, we hold our favourite characters close to our hearts and as we live our lives, teaching us life lessons. These characters will always be part of my life. The magic, the characters, the stories, the music from the films! All of it so beautiful and haunting and stunning. Harry is the boy who lived and I was rooting for him the whole way, the boy under the stairs. Every time I re-read the series, it is like visiting an old friend.
In the words of Dumbledore, “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”